How low can you go?
Intrepid trips have always been designed to be as planet friendly as possible – using public transport where we can, staying in smaller locally owned and operated accommodation where available, buying local produce and carefully managing precious resources such as energy and water.
And since 2010, the majority of our trips are carbon offset – this means we measure the carbon emissions from the transport, accommodation and waste generated and contribute to emissions reduction programs ‘balancing out’ these emissions.
Amongst our range of more than 1000 trips, some go the extra mile in being exceptionally low impact – especially those where it’s your energy or the wind that takes you places!
If you want to ensure your next adventure is extra low on environmental impacts – take a look at the following selection of Intrepid tours:
Intrepid’s sailing trips are the new hot favourite amongst our staff. You can either have a hands-on experience and learn the ropes from your skipper or take it easy, simply relaxing on deck and soaking up the sun and gentle ocean breezes – the choice is yours. We sail on monohull yachts in Europe and the Caribbean, and multihull catamarans in South East Asia – a wonderful conscience clear way to take in balmy waters, scenic coastlines and colourful marine life.
Sail Italy – choices include: the Amalfi Coast; and Procida to Amalfi or the reverse.
Sail Greece – choices include: Mykonos to Santorini or reverse; and the Cyclades Islands.
Sail Croatia – Trogir to Dubrovnik or reverse.
Sail Thailand – choices include: Phuket Sailing Adventure, Koh Phi Phi to Phuket or reverse and Koh Samui sailing options.
Sail Burma – Burma Sailing – sailing around some of the 800 islands of Burma’s Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago in the Andaman Sea will take you well off the tourist trail and a step back in time.
Sail Caribbean – British Virgin Islands Sailing – sailing, snorkelling and lazing around multiple beautiful islands – this adventure raises the word ‘idyllic’ to greater heights!
Please note, that we’re in the lap of the gods and do need wind to sail. Occasionally, mainly in SE Asia, the motor is needed.
One of Intrepid’s all time favourite trips has you taking in the best that ‘Nam has to offer, at handle bar height.
Cycle Vietnam – this two-wheeled adventure takes you from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. On average you will be cycling 70km/day and there’s a little help with an overnight train journey from Ninh Binh to Hue.
Also check out our cycling tours in Jordan; Nicaragua Costa Rica and Panama; and Cuba.
For the keen hiker, Nepal offers a breathtaking selection of our very lowest impact trips. Firm favourites include:
Nepal Adventure hiking to the west of Kathmandu and
Annapurna Sanctuary includes 10 days of trekking in the magnificent Annapurna range region.
Taking the slow road
When it comes to wildlife viewing, slowing the pace can bring the best rewards of extraordinary encounters. But there’s no denying that Africa safari travel that mostly uses customised 4WD trucks, is not usually in the lowest impact category. So Intrepid is delighted to this year launch our unique public transport based trip – Southern Africa Unplugged. This 16 day adventure visits the highlights of Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Kruger, with travel modes including bike, public bus, a ‘Chapa’ or converted passenger truck and a traditional sailboat – a dhow to the Bazaruto Archipelago.
For more information on how and why Intrepid work to make their tours as low impact as possible.
Photo: cycling in Indochina by Vicki Frater